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California Air Resources Board News Clips for April 21, 2011. This is a service of the California Air Resources Board’s Office of Communications. You may need to sign in or register with individual websites to view some of the following news articles. AIR POLLUTION Heating oil phase-out part of NYC clean-air plan. NEW YORK -- Mayor Michael Bloomberg says New York City is moving to phase out the use of polluting heavy oils to heat buildings. Bloomberg announced the initiative Thursday as part of the first update to the city's 4-year-old environmental plan. The phase-out of heavy heating oils would start right away. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2011/04/20/v-print/3568527/ny-to-build-solar-power-plants.html http://www.modbee.com/2011/04/20/1654372/ny-to-build-solar-power-plants.html http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/apr/21/nyc-mayor-to-announce-solar-plants-at-landfills/ http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_17898056 http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_17898056 Shipping companies fined for violating ARB fuel rule. The California Air Resources Board (ARB) has fined three Europe-based shipping ... with a maximum 1.50% sulphur, or marine diesel oil (MDO), with a maximum … Posted. BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY. http://www.bunkerworld.com/news/i102506/Shipping_companies_fined_for_violating_ARB_fuel_rule# Doctors Group Opposes Liberty Quarry Near Temecula. An environmental study of the proposed Liberty Quarry is flawed and pollution from the open-pit mine would threaten public health, a group of doctors said Wednesday. Physicians Against the Quarry's news conference came less than a week before the first of at least two public hearings on the project, sought for a 414-acre site in the Temecula foothills bordering the San Diego County line. Posted. http://www.pe.com/localnews/stories/PE_News_Local_D_squarry21.297eb4a.html CLIMATE CHANGE Justices Skeptical in Emissions Case. WASHINGTON—A six-state lawsuit seeking to cap greenhouse gas emissions from power plants nationwide seemed likely to fail Tuesday, after Supreme Court justices suggested that recent federal action to slow climate change left no room for separate litigation. Posted. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703922504576273051798139570.html?KEYWORDS=air+pollution Supreme Court indicates it will dismiss 6-state global warming lawsuit. Reporting from Washington — In a setback for environmentalists, the Supreme Court signaled Tuesday that it would throw out a huge global warming lawsuit brought by California and five other states that seeks limits on carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants in the South and Midwest. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-court-warming-20110420,0,5463771.story DIESEL EMISSIONS Economic recession cut greenhouse gas output by 7.2 percent. The financial crash of 2008 led to an abysmal drop in industrial production, resulting in a record 7.2 percent cut in greenhouse gas emissions, E.U. data reveal. "The strength of the 2009 recession affected all economic sectors in the EU," the Denmark-based European Environment Agency said in a report. "Consumption of fossil fuels fell compared to the previous year, mainly for coal." Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2011/04/21/11/ GREEN ENERGY Opportunities for California seen in China's green-tech industries. China's leadership in the green technology sector represents "a wake-up call" for California companies but it also provides opportunities, a top state official said Wednesday. In just a few years, China went from being "barely on the map" to the largest manufacturer of solar panels and the largest energy consumer in the world, said Margret Kim, a deputy director at the California Environmental Protection Agency and head of the agency's China program. Posted. http://www.modbee.com/2011/04/21/1654423/opportunities-for-california-seen.html http://www.sacbee.com/2011/04/21/3568509/opportunities-for-california-seen.html#storylink=misearch VEHICLES Environmental literacy talk, electric car charging stations at BWI among Earth Week events. WASHINGTON — Earth Day is this Friday and environmental activities are being held across the region this week to raise environmental awareness. In Washington, the U.S. Department of Education will be talking about environmental literacy. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/environmental-literacy-talk-electric-car-charging-stations-at-bwi-among-earth-week-events/2011/04/21/AF3E81FE_story.html With B-Class F-Cell, Mercedes rolls out an impressive steppingstone. The only Mercedes hatchback on the U.S. market, the 2011 B-Class F-Cell, wouldn't be recognizable as a Benz if it weren't for its premium badge. Its small, pragmatic silhouette is more Japanese than German. But the B-Class F-Cell is more notable for what's under the hood than its profile. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-0421-autos-mercedes-fcell-revie20110421,0,6292650.story MISCELLANEOUS Greenpeace pushes Apple, Facebook, Twitter for clean-energy data centers. Data centers -- facilities that house massive computer servers -- gobble up enormous and rapidly growing amounts of electricity. Tech companies in Silicon Valley and elsewhere are taking steps to reduce the environmental impact of their data centers by boosting energy efficiency. Posted. http://www.mercurynews.com/business/ci_17900411?nclick_check=1 BLOGS What went wrong for cap-and-trade? Climate hawks are trying to pinpoint where they went wrong in their campaign to combat global warming. Brad Plumer rather sensibly suggests that they’re overlooking the possibility that the problem wasn’t tactical deficiencies on the part of the green movement, but rather the result of things just not working out on the issue. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/post/what-went-wrong-for-cap-and-trade/2011/04/13/AFgEYqHE_blog.html To Shrink Carbon Footprints, One Size Doesn't Fit All. While turning down your thermostat, taking public transportation, and buying locally grown food could all reduce your household's carbon emissions, just how effective each of those individual strategies is depends on who you are and where you live, according to researchers at UC Berkeley. Posted. http://blogs.kqed.org/climatewatch/2011/04/20/to-shrink-carbon-footprints-one-size-doesnt-fit-all/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+kqed%2FClimateWatchBlog+%28KQED%27s+Climate+Watch+Blog%29 New laser system for fuel ignition may lead to reduced auto emissions, greater fuel efficiency. Lasers have been discussed as a promising alternative ignition source for efficient internal combustion engines since the mid 1970s. Laser ignition promises less pollution and greater fuel efficiency, but making small, powerful lasers has proven difficult. Posted. http://www.greencarcongress.com/2011/04/laser-2010420.html#more Clean-Technology Trends 2011: Shaping Clean Energy Markets for the Next Decade. According to Clean Energy Trends 2011, a new report by Clean Edge, the growth of clean technology over the last decade rivals that of the internet and computers, and it is poised to continue the trend. Clean Edge’s research revealed biofuels, wind power, and solar photovoltaics combined to create a $188.1 billion industry in 2010 – and the clean-tech sector research firm projects these three technologies will grow to $349.2 billion in the next decade. Posted. http://www.triplepundit.com/2011/04/clean-technology-trends-2011-shaping-clean-energy-markets-next-decade/ Will Richard Daley, Chicago’s outgoing ‘green’ mayor, help quash coal pollution? A long-stalled Chicago ordinance that could force the city's two aging coal-burning power plants to greatly reduce emissions or shut down now has enough backing to pass at the city council's next meeting. But proponents aren't declaring victory yet. Posted. http://www.grist.org/coal/2011-04-19-will-richard-daley-chicagos-outgoing-green-mayor-help-quash-coal